It’s the Monday of the setup week, which is typically the day where the behemoth that is the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival starts rolling out. The first two days (Saturday and Sunday) start slowly; a few local groups have their tech rehearsals, Fringe central is set up, and venues are going through last minute trouble shooting.
But today is when everything hits the Fringing fan. Most venues have three rehearsals today, the outdoor stage is setup, the beer tent and patio are erected, and chairs are delivered.
I’m pretty confident the F-word count will increase exponentially today…
Out of town groups start to arrive with the veterans seeking out familiar faces and places, and newcomers walking the streets helplessly and bewildered as they see the big Fringe sign on The Cube and exclaim
“Oh My God! I have to perform on that?!”
“Are you an outdoor performer?”
“No, I’m in something called Venue Two, is that Venue Two?”
“No, Venue Two is across main up 4 flights of stairs where there is a long haired tech that looks like a hobo. He’s annoying, talks in code, but don’t worry, he smells like flowers.”
Today in Venue Two we have 3 technical rehearsals, which make for a long day, but tomorrow, we have 3 technical rehearsals which will make for a long day…
So the meat of the Venue’s acts will be rehearsed today and tomorrow. It’s starting to feel more like Fringe as the posters go up all over the place, and the Walkie Talkie chatter starts getting busier as outdoor crews are coordinated and indoor crews trouble shoot shows.
Which reminds me, if any performers have any show posters, there is a really big poster board inside venue two. Look for a guy with the name tag JBJ and give him two or three posters and he’ll hang them up for you. He can be sometimes be found at the Kings Head, around MTC, or in the flower beds around City Hall after hours.
Ok, nose to the grindstone. Let’s get this Mother Fringer set up!